SATURDAY'S WHL ROUND-UPSun Feb 17
COUGARS EDGE HURRICANES – Klarc Wilson scored a pair of goals to help lead the visiting Prince George Cougars to a 5-4 win over the Lethbridge Hurricanes in Western Hockey League action on Saturday night.
Colin Jacobs, Zach Pochiro and Troy Bourke each tallied a goal and an assist for the Cougars (18-33-2-6), who went into the third period up 5-1 and fended off a Hurricanes’ rally to hold on to the win. Mac Engel made 35 saves in the victory.
Jaimen Yakubowski scored all four goals for the Hurricanes (25-26-2-7), who went 1-for-6 on the power play as they suffer their fourth loss in a row. Ty Rimmer made 24 saves over the first 40 minutes of the game, taking the loss, while Christopher Tai made six saves in the third period in relief.
BLADES 4, TIGERS 3
Brenden Walker broke a 3-3 tie 14:09 into the third period with his 21st goal of the season as the visiting Saskatoon Blades edged the Medicine Hat Tigers 4-3 on Saturday.
Shane McColgan picked up a goal and two assists while Nathan Burns – with a goal and an assist – and Josh Nicholls also scored for the Blades (34-21-0-3), who overturned a 3-2 deficit with two goals 1:59 apart in the third period as they post their 11th straight win. Andrey Makarov made 28 saves to take the victory.
Boston Leier and Curtis Valk each tallied a goal and an assist and Blake Penner also counted for the Tigers (30-27-2-1), who went 0-for-6 on the power play as they see a five-game win streak snapped. Cam Lanigan made 34 saves in the defeat.
THUNDERBIRDS 4, SILVERTIPS 1
Brandon Glover stopped 20 of 21 shots he faced to help the visiting Seattle Thunderbirds claim a 4-1 win over the Everett Silvertips on Saturday.
Alex Delnov, Roberts Lipsbergs, Adam Kambeitz and Shea Theodore got the goals for the Thunderbirds (20-32-6-1), who put a stop to a seven-game losing skid while moving into a tie with the ‘Tips for seventh place in the Western Conference.
Manraj Hayer scored the lone tally for the Silvertips (21-34-1-4), who see their losing skid hit 10 games. Daniel Cotton made 24 saves in a losing cause.
BLAZERS 3, ROCKETS 1
Brendan Ranford scored and set up another to lead the visiting Kamloops Blazers to a 3-1 triumph over the Kelowna Rockets on Saturday.
Joel Edmundson and Marek Hrbas each got their seventh goals of the season for the Blazers (40-15-2-3), who knock off the Rockets for the second night in a row and move to within three points of the Rockets for first place in the B.C. Division. Cole Cheveldave stopped 16 of 17 shots to post the win.
Myles Bell got his 32nd goal of the season for the Rockets (42-15-3-1), who have lost five of their last seven games. Jordon Cooke made 25 saves while absorbing the loss.
AMERICANS 6, CHIEFS 0
Troy Trombley stopped all 34 shots he faced to claim his first WHL shutout as the Tri-City Americans blasted the visiting Spokane Chiefs 6-0 on Saturday night.
Connor Rankin scored twice and set up another while Lukas Nickles, Marcus Messier, Brian Williams and Parker Bowles also scored for the Americans (33-22-1-2), who scored four times in the first period en route to their second win in as many nights.
Eric Williams and Garret Hughson combined for 33 saves in a losing effort for the Chiefs (34-23-2-0), who sit just one point up on Victoria and Tri-Cities for fourth place in the Western Conference.
HITMEN 3, ROYALS 1
Cody Sylvester scored twice to pace the Calgary Hitmen to a 3-1 win over the visiting Victoria Royals on Saturday night.
Brady Brassart also scored for the Hitmen (38-17-1-3), who went 2-for-6 on the power play as they earn their fifth win in six games. Chris Driedger turned in a 31-save effort to record his 29th victory of the season for Calgary.
Steven Hodges scored the lone goal for the Royals (32-21-1-4), who fall to 0-2-0-1 through three games of their Central Division road trip and slip into a tie with Tri-Cities for fifth place in the Western Conference. Coleman Vollrath made 22 saves in the defeat.
ICE 4, WHEAT KINGS 3 O/T
Jon Martin scored his second goal of the game 1:17 into overtime to lead the visiting Kootenay Ice to a 4-3 triumph over the Brandon Wheat Kings on Saturday.
Brock Montgomery and Kyle O’Connor also scored for the Ice (28-29-2-0), who split their two-game set in Brandon after having lost on Friday night, and now sit just one point behind Lethbridge for eighth place in the Eastern Conference. Mackenzie Skapski made 24 saves in the win.
Ryan Pulock, Nick Buonassisi and Marek Kalus scored for the Wheat Kings (21-34-3-2), who were 1-for-4 on the power play in the setback. Curtis Honey turned in a 38-save effort in a losing cause for the Wheat Kings.
WARRIORS 4, RAIDERS 3
Sam Fioretti capped a comeback from a 3-0 deficit with his 28th goal of the season 11:13 into the third period as the visiting Moose Jaw Warriors skated to a 4-3 win over the Prince Albert Raiders on Saturday.
Morgan Rielly scored twice and set up another while Brandon Potomak also scored for the Warriors (20-30-3-6), who trailed 3-0 early in the second period before storming back with four unanswered goals to post the win. Justin Paulic made 31 saves in the victory.
Jayden Hart scored twice and Leon Draisaitl also counted for the Raiders (32-22-2-3), who have dropped five of their last seven games and fall to second place in the East Division. Andy Desautels made 31 saves in the loss.
WINTERHAWKS 4, GIANTS 3 O/T
Brendan Leipsic scored 49 seconds into overtime to lift the Portland Winterhawks to a 4-3 win over the visiting Vancouver Giants on Saturday.
Taylor Leier, Nic Petan and Paul Bittner also scored for the Winterhawks (47-9-1-2), who now need just one more point or for Tri-Cities to drop one more point to clinch the U.S. Division crown. Brendan Burke made 29 saves to claim the victory.
Carter Popoff, Travis McEvoy and Cain Franson scored for the Giants (15-43-1-0), who suffer their first loss of the season in extra time. Jared Rathjen made 31 saves in the setback.